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V.I.B. (very impressive book) Picks
Every now and then we encounter a new book that we’re so excited about we want to shout it from the rooftops, so we've created a special tag to distinguish it from the rest: Tattered Cover V.I.B. (very impressive book)! That means it’s a true stand-out in a season of many excellent and compelling new books.
Our latest selection is:
Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett
Elvis is a 12-year-old who lives in Freedom, Alabama, with her father, her sister, Lizzie, and a dog named Boomer - and was named for the singer. Her mother has recently died, drowned while swimming in her sleep (or so she has been told), and Elvis is trying desperately to make sense of how and why. A sympathetic counselor at Elvis' school tells her it takes 18 months to recover from such a loss. The story may tug at your heart, but it is filled with humor - honest and sometimes dark, but truly funny. The story triumphs over the circumstances.
Elvis Babbit has joined a select list of my favorite young characters. This smart funny young lady is coping with the death of her mother and a cast of dysfunctional adults, most importantly her Dad and sister. How she rallies the family, and deals with her own grief at a vulnerable age makes this one of my favorite stories.
Her Mom would bake a Rabbit Cake as a special treat for special occasions. Rabbit Cake is a very special treat - the book that is. -- Michael Parker, Aspen Grove Manager
Purchase this and previous V.I.B.s below:
Bestselling British writer Tessa Hadley's The Past brings four middle-aged siblings and their families together for what might be their last summer holiday in the family's country home. Old family dynamics and surprising new twists make for a delightful, entertaining and thought-provoking novel. Hadley's storytelling deftly weaves the family's past, with all its ghosts and memories, jealousies and nearly unconditional love in with its present reality of squabbling and deep affection. Each player in The Past is uniquely engaging: from fading beauty Alice with her ex-boyfriend's 20 year old son Kasim, in tow, sister Frans's odd and captivating young children Ivy and Arthur, Harriet, lonely and harboring a dark and secret longing, and all the others, each with an agenda, all under one roof. The perfect storm for an utterly wonderful, brilliantly crafted novel. The Telegraph calls The Past keenly intelligent, and I certainly agree. A wonderful way to begin your reading year. -- Cathy Langer, Tattered Cover Lead Buyer